A few months ago I did a blog piece on Leonard Dale “Mac” McQuown, a man from Florida who had been walking across the United States claiming that his good deed was being done for the benefit of homeless veterans. In 2011 McQuown allegedly founded a charitable organization called Operation Walk America. McQuown used the “organization” as a ruse to solicit funds and convert them to personal use when no legally registered 501(c)(3) organization existed. During the course of his “walk” and not so charitable fundraiser he defrauded many, including being at the center of romance scams along the way.
McQuown has no boundaries where his fraud is concerned. If using the plight of homeless veterans is not bad enough, he has also played on the sympathies of individuals who he deceived into believing were donating an Apple iPad to a wounded veteran who was in a wheelchair and paraplegic. As it would turn out, the photograph that he used in which he claimed was that of a paraplegic woman from California, was actually one that he found on the web from 2005. He used the picture for the purpose of defrauding a wounded veterans program. McQuown claimed that the woman had been Read the rest of this entry »